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A sixth Ballon d’Or

Ballon d’Or award
BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 17: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona holds up the FIFA Ballon d’Or trophy prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Camp Nou on January 17, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

The five-time winner is the hot favourite to claim the prestigious individual award ahead of Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Ronaldo.

Bookies and ex-players alike are all backing him to come out on top, and FIFA’s The Best award victory in September has only fueled this belief.

Catalan papers Sport and Mundo Deportivo even recently called for the Argentine to be named the King of Football once again. They both referenced Messi’s incredible performance against Real Valladolid as proof to why he deserves the prize.